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November 26, 2012, 9:15 AM

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Fred Wilson / A VC:
What Has Changed  —  As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies, I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease.  As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011).
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Nintendo Confronts a Changed Video Game World  —  TUCKED in the woods here, west of State Route 520, is a little piece of the Mario Kingdom.  —  Behind the unassuming doors is the business built by Mario, the pudgy plumber, and Luigi, his lanky brother, as well as characters like Link …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung's Galaxy Note II hits 5 million channel sales, adding 2 million over the last 24 days  —  Samsung has announced [translation] that the Galaxy Note II, its flagship phone-meets-tablet ('phablet'), has passed 5 million in channel sales, chalking up a further 2 million shipments since November 2.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft commits to Surface with Windows RT for at least four years  —  Summary: Nearly a month after its initial release, Windows RT still has no official support policy.  But Microsoft has declared its support lifecycle for the Surface hardware powered by Windows RT.
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Bios embedded Windows 8 product keys  —  If you have purchased a laptop running Windows 8 recently you may have noticed that it may not contain a small label on the back side or battery compartment listing the operating system's product key.  The question that should come up at this point …
Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Masayoshi Son Picks a Fight With U.S. Phone Giants  —  In Japan, Masayoshi Son is known as the eccentric Internet billionaire who upended the country's telecom industry.  In the U.S., he is about to become the cash-strapped underdog who picked a fight with two corporate giants—AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.
More: PhoneArenaTweets: @spencerante and @erichippeau
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
E-Commerce Spending On Black Friday Tops $1B For The First Time; Amazon Is The Most Visited Retailer  —  We've seen the reports that Black Friday online sales increased this year, but the numbers are finally in. comScore is reporting that U.S. retail e-commerce spending was $1.042 billion, an increase of 26 percent from last year.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The Release Windows Archaism  —  Television and media industry are stuck in a wasteful rear-guard fight for the preservation of an analog era relic: the Release Windows system.  Designed to avoid destructive competition among media, it ends up boosting piracy while frustrating honest viewers willing to pay.

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